Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder and CEO of WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications group. He is one of the most respected global industry leaders whose views on business and the world economy are widely sought. WPP employs over 179,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 111 countries. The Group’s worldwide companies include JWT, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R, Grey, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Kantar (including Millward Brown and TNS), OgilvyOne Worldwide, Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, AKQA and WPP Digital. Sir Martin has degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. He actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil among others.
He has been publicly recognised with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. Sir Martin contributes to many important organisations and charities. In 2006, he was appointed a non executive director of Alpha Topco, the Formula 1 company. He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council and a member of the Business Council in the US. He is a Trustee of the British Museum and on the International Advisory Board of The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. He is chairman of IBLAC shanghai and chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem. In 2012 he was appointed a non-executive director of Alcoa. Recent recognitions for Group: In 2014 Holding Company of the Year at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (fourth year running) and Most Effective Holding Company in Effie Global Effectiveness Index (third year running).